Rafiqun Nabi,Bangladesh
Jury Chairman
Rafiqun Nabi, also Ranabi, was born in 1943 and is a Bangladeshi artist and cartoonist. Nabi was born in Nawabganj District in northwest Bangladesh in 1943 after graduation, he enrolled in the Bangladesh College of Arts and Crafts (later renamed Institute of Fine Arts under Dhaka University). There, he studied under the supervision of artists like Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan. Nabi received a scholarship from the Asia Foundation between 1962-64. After his graduation, he joined the institute as a faculty. He went to Athens and studied art between 1973-1976 under a scholarship from the Government of Greece. Nabi’s most famous creation is Tokai, a character symbolizing the poor street boys of Dhaka who lives on picking things from dustbins or begging and having a knack of telling simple yet painful truths about current political and socio-economic situation of the country. He has written few stories in Prothom Alo newspaper of Bangladesh.
   
Dr. Mohamed Ghazala, Egypt,
Jury member
Dr. Mohamed Ghazala is the Vice President of ASIFA (the International Animated Film Association), the founder and the director of the first chapter of “ASIFA” in Africa and in the Arab world based in Egypt since 2008, a member of the board of ASIFA, besides being assistant professor in the animation department – Minia University, Egypt, and chair of Visual & Digital Production Dept, Effat University, Saudi Arabia.
He has directed / co-directed many awarded films, such as “Carnival” (2001), “Crazy Works” (2002), “HM HM” (2005), ”Sayari Yetu” (2006), including the first Yemen’s animated film “Salma” in 2006, and “Honyan’s Shoe” (2009). His mission now is to promote Egyptian, Arab and African animation through lectures in international academies and festivals. He published his first book under the title “Animation in the Arab World” (2011) followed by his second book with title “Animation in Africa” (2013). He concentrates on making independent experimental animated films on his own or in the course of workshops (e.g. Greece, Tunisia, Capo Verde) or art residencies (e.g. UNESCOASCHBERG’s to Colombia, UNESCO’s Africa Animated to Kenya).
   
Prof Chengkemei, China,
Jury member
Prof. Chengkemei was born in Münsingen, South of Germany. 1985 Studies at the University of Tübingen in Art History and Early History. 1985 Studies at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart Art-Education, Graphics –Design. 1993 Graduation. 1989 Founding Member of Studio Film Bilder, Stuttgart. 1999 Partnership with janglednerves GmbH, Stuttgart Lecturer at the Bauhaus Universität, Weimar Germany Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2005 Lecturer at the university of applied arts and science, Lucerne 2009 Head of 3D Animation Track of Animation BA 2014 Head of BA Programme Animation.
   
Gayatri Menon, India,
Jury member
Gayatri is a product designer and engineer. Having worked for two years in the field of creativity and universal design for children, she returned to her alma mater in 2001, as an industrial design faculty at NID. She enjoys taking courses in Design Overview, Design Methods, Colour and Form, Play and learning design, Toy and game design, Creativity and Innovation, Material and Mechanism, Craft Documentation, Design Research Methods, Design for special needs, guiding students on Design projects and teaching Systems Thinking and Design course. Over the years, her interest in creativity and design has increased. She likes to constantly explore the boundaries of Systems Thinking and creativity in design. Gayatri is pursuing research in the field of ‘Opportunity Mapping in Design’ and has conducted several generic workshops for industries in areas pertaining to ‘Creativity, Design strategy and opportunity mapping in design’, “Introduction to design : issues and methods” etc. and customized workshops for industries and organisations such as Hindustan Unilever ltd. and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
   
Maral Mohammadian, Canada,
Jury member
Maral Mohammadian is a Producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s English Program Animation Studio in Montreal. She was recruited by the NFB in 2006 as the first associate producer of Hothouse, the celebrated apprenticeship program for emerging animation filmmakers which has spawned such gems as Sweet Talk (by Esteban Azuela), Focus by Alex Boya and Orange (by Sylvie Trouvé). She has nurtured young artists in the Making Music emerging filmmaker program that created The Mixy Tapes (by David Seitz and Mike Wray) which toured as part of Best of Ottawa 2008. Her recent release is the innovative animation/live action hybrid, The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita, winner of Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and Best Experimental Film at the NYC and LA Shorts Festivals. Prior to moving to Montreal, Maral was the workshop programmer and director of the Television Animation Conference at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, North American’s largest animation event. She has studied Cinema at Carleton University.
   
Paolo Polesello, Germany/Italy,
Jury member
He is neither an animator nor an animation scholar. His interest in animation is totally amateurish and comes from his interest in arts and his intellectual curiosity. After finishing his studies of physics in Italy, he moved to Berlin to work as a patent examiner. In his free time and holidays he enjoys visiting architecture and animation festivals. With time he achieved a certain knowledge in the matter, which has brought him to be part of the organisation of the festival Luccanimation in Lucca (Italy) in 2009, he became the editor of the web-magazine www.wowtoons.it where he publishes interviews of personalities in animation like Raoul Servais, Pierre Hébert and Normand Roger and is also an associate producer by crowdfunding of several films which have been screened in some of the most important festivals like Annecy, Fantoche, Anima Mundi or Trickywomen. Currently he is hooked on to Chitrakatha.
   
Jurgen Haas, Switzerland
Jury member
Jurgen Haas born 7. 2. 1964 in Münsingen, South of Germany married and father of two sons. 1985 Studies at the University of Tübingen in Art History and Early History.1985 Studies at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart Art-Education, Graphics -Design. 1993. Graduation 1989. Founding Member of Studio Film Bilder, Stuttgart 1999. Partnership with janglednerves GmbH, Stuttgart Lecturer at the Bauhaus Universität, Weimar Germany Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2005. He is now the head of BA Programme Animation. He also produces his animation in-between his busy schedule.